OCG 2021.10 Metagame Report #3
Welcome to Week #3 of the OCG 2021.10 format.
This report will cover 61 top-performing decks from 12 tournaments that were held in Japan during 16 – 20 October 2021.
This week’s tabulation includes only tournaments with Battle of Chaos allowed to better gauge its impact on the metagame.
- Battle of Chaos
*Only available in Japan, delayed elsewhere in Asia
- 20 Phantom Knights (17 Destiny HERO Brave Phantom Knights, 3 Danger Phantom Knights)
- 10 Swordsoul (5 Swordsoul, 4 Destiny HERO Swordsoul, 1 Tenyi Swordsoul)
- 3 Drytron (2 Drytron, 1 Destiny HERO Drytron)
- 3 Eldlich (1 Destiny HERO Brave Eldlich, 1 Destiny HERO Brave Zoodiac Eldlich, 1 Grass Destiny HERO Brave Eldlich)
- 2 Floowandereeze
- 2 HERO
- 2 Destiny HERO Invoked
- 2 Thunder Dragon (1 Chaos Thunder Dragon, 1 Destiny HERO Thunder Dragon)
- 2 Destiny HERO Zoodiac Tri-Brigade
- 1 Brave Swordsoul Yang Zing Tenyi
- 1 Brave Virtual World
- 1 Destiny HERO Brave Prank-Kids
- 1 Destiny HERO Cyberdark Phantom Knights Orcust Chaos Dragon Link
- 1 Destiny HERO Despia
- 1 Destiny HERO Subterror
- 1 Grass Destiny HERO Brave Frightfur Shaddoll
- 1 Phoenix Brave
- 1 P.U.N.K. Adamancipator
- 1 Salamangreat
- 1 Sekka Danger Kaiju Luna
- 1 Sky Striker
- 1 SPYRAL
- 1 Zefra
- 1 @Ignister
Erekiteru (エレキテル) went 7-1 and finished 1st in “11th Wayo CS” (3v3 Team) which had 29 teams (87 players). His teammate Ganmo (がんも) went 6-2 running a similar build.
Destiny HERO Brave Phantom Knights have mostly switched over to the build developed by Aroma (アロマ @aroma6669). This build drops I:P Masquerena completely, and instead focus on the Artifact Scythe strategy. During the opponent’s Draw Phase, Phantom Knights’ Fog Blade graveyard effect is used to Special Summon The Phantom Knights of Break Sword to a Main Monster Zone that the The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche is pointing to, triggering The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche ② effect to destroy the set Artifact Scythe. This would trigger Artifact Scythe ② effect to Special Summon itself from the graveyard, and forcing the opponent to respond with Forbidden Droplet to negate Artifact Scythe ③ effect. During the opponent’s Standby Phase, Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer ② effect could be activated to destroy both Artifact Dagda and Artifact Scythe. Artifact Dagda ② effect would Special Summon Artifact Scythe from the graveyard and thus trigger its ③ effect again, causing the opponent to be unable to Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of this turn.
Dharc the Dark Charmer, Umbral is a new card from Battle of Chaos added to the Extra Deck and is extremely impactful in the Phantom Knights mirror match. One of the more applicable usage in the current metagame is to Special Summon the opponent’s Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer and keep it on the field so that it cannot Special Summon itself during the next Standby Phase.
On Sunday, Tachibana (橘) went 8-1 and finished 1st in “8th RAM Cup” which had 87 participants. On Tuesday, he went 6-1 to finish 1st in “1st OCS mini” which had 30 participants.
He ran 3 Solemn Judgment in the Main Deck to better protect his monsters from Forbidden Droplet.
Dimension Shifter has become popular among Swordsoul build. It functions similarly to Artifact Lancea in that it buys a turn by denying the opponent of their graveyard effect. While under the effect of Artifact Lancea, the opponent could still activate Fusion Destiny and end with Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer. But under the effect of Dimension Shifter, Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer would be destroyed by the effect of Fusion Destiny during the End Phase and the effect of Dimension Shifter would caused it to be banished, resulting in Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer being unable to be Special Summoned back during the next Standby Phase. Dimension Shifter has a strict activation condition requiring no cards in your graveyard. Other than activating Dimension Shifter at the start of the game, using Ruddy Rose Dragon effect to banish all cards in graveyards also allows Dimension Shifter be activated later in the game.
Cosmic Cyclone in the Side Deck can be chained to Anti-Spell Fragrance and Imperial Order, and it is also a good way to stop Artifact Scythe. When the opponent activates the destruction effect of The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche or Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer, Cosmic Cyclone can be chained to banish their set Artifact Scythe, preventing it from being destroyed and thus denying its Trigger Effect.
Swordsoul Catastrophe – Qixing Longyuan is a new card from Battle of Chaos added to the Extra Deck. Its ③ effect only banishes the Spell/Trap card that was activated, but does not negate it. Field Spell and Continuous Spell/Trap cards need to remain on the field during resolution to resolve successfully, so Swordsoul Catastrophe – Qixing Longyuan is useful for stopping Prank-Kids Place, Magical Meltdown, Fire Formation – Tenki, Zoodiac Barrage.
Phantom Knights takes an overwhelming lead this week. It has double the amount of top placement compared to Swordsoul trailing behind in second.
Despite the various threats such as Kaiju, Super Polymerization, Dark Ruler No More and Forbidden Droplet being thrown at it, Phantom Knights was able to modify its own build to adapt to the metagame and remains at the top, proving its resilience.
Battle of Chaos also has some other new cards that are seeing competitive play. Floowandereeze and the Journey Preparations is a new Spell card that adds 1 “Floowandereeze” monster or Field Spell from deck to hand, improving the consistency of Floowandereeze decks. Illusion of Chaos is a new Ritual Monster that can be used to add Magicians’ Souls from deck to hand, Destiny HERO Invoked and SPYRAL are some decks that could take advantage of the increased consistency in opening with Magicians’ Souls.
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- 2021-10-20 | 51st Next Play Cup
- 2021-10-19 | 1st OCS mini
- 2021-10-17 | 7th Shige CS (1st: A, B, C | 2nd: A, B, C)
- 2021-10-17 | Asaka Cup (2v2 Team Battle)
- 2021-10-17 | 8th RAM Cup (1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th | 5 – 8th: A, B, C, D)
- 2021-10-17 | 11th Wayo CS (1st: A, B, C | 2nd: A, B, C | 3rd: A, B, C)
- 2021-10-17 | 1st Alo CS mini Individual Battle
- 2021-10-17 | 70th Garosu CS with Osaka Yugi (1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th)
- 2021-10-17 | Giga Omiya Card Yu-Gi-Oh! New Box Tournament (1st | 2nd | 3 – 4th: A, B)